Kentucky Blizzard

I tripped over this one while perusing & quickly figured it was worth a try. The cocktail kind of goes against my “classic” intuitions, but … the ingredients are all old-school, and I was thirsty. Thirst more than quenched, I sipped my next and found the drink to solidly hold its own against the 85 degree night and was easily able to compliment the Sammy Davis Jr. I had on the phonograph. Bourbon’s a good pal of mine, and he didn’t at all mind putting on some cranberry socks for the evening. Try it and trust me, this is a great patio cocktail.

Here we go –

  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon
  • 1 ½ oz cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz grenadine
  • tsp. sugar

Shake with crushed ice until ice-cold in a shaker, pour into a double-old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Maple Cocktail

Maple Cocktail Fall DrinkFill tall glass or mug with ice, add Applejack and bitters and stir, then fill glass with Apple Cider. *If you happen to have a can or bottle of hard apple cider, pouring a bit into this cocktail only makes it better.

Here we go –

  • ¾ oz pure maple syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz dry gin (English style)
  • 1 oz bourbon

Mix all ingredients in a shaker with plenty of ice. Strain up into a cocktail glass and enjoy.

Night Shade

For a “friendly” cocktail which can be enjoyed by most boys & ghouls over the age of 21, this odd little Halloween addition is actually quite complex and runs deep enough to also satisfy the more serious drinker at your Monster Mash. The juice and fruit provide the cut for the casual, yet the chartreuse & whiskey pack the punch. Serve it in those plastic, spooky Halloween martini cups you find at the party store. This is a great cocktail!

Here we go –

  • 1 ½ oz bourbon
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ½ – 1 oz orange juice
  • ½ tsp yellow chartreuse
  • Shake ingredients w/ ice in a shaker till cold. Strain up into a cocktail glass & garnish with a slice of lemon and orange.


Ghost Cocktail

I found this on the Drink Nation site and had to try it. This is a very good hi-ball cocktail yet one you should be careful with. You will be seeing ghosts if you have more than three…ghosts riding pink elephants. It has a chugability that can get you in trouble.

Here we go –

  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz vanilla flavored rum
  • cream soda

Fill a tall glass w/ rocks then pour in bourbon & rum. Top w/ cream soda. “Boo!”



Seattle bartender, Jamie Boudreau, invented this slushy bourbon delight that I recently tried and would drink anytime of the year. Fresh peaches for the puree would be idea, but if it’s off-season, I’d use frozen or even drained canned. This is an ideal late afternoon/early evening cocktail when you’re just mellowing out over a game or listening to music. Delicious.

Here we go –

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz peach puree
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • couple dashes Angustora Bitters
  • splash of club soda
  • crushed ice

Pour ingredients into a double old fashioned glass and add crushed ice to fill. Stir till outside of glass is frosty cold.

So, there you have it….a few bourbon based cocktails you might not have tried. We have dozens of other bourbon cocktails here on site. If you’re still looking, then explore here. We’ll have something for you.


Marker Man

San Francisco barman, Kevin Diedrich, came up with this one, and after a 3-week infusion period, I was finally able to make my own. This calls for a blueberry bourbon infusion of 3 pints blueberries into one bottle of bourbon. Mr. Diedrich uses Makers Mark, but I made mine with the new Early Times 354 bourbon & had a fantastic result. The 354 runs about $20 less a bottle. This is a great Thanksgiving through Christmas cocktail, but I’d also drink one at pretty much any point during the year.

Here we go –

  • 2 oz blueberry infused bourbon (3 pints of blueberries in one 750ml bottle of bourbon for 3 weeks; strain bourbon into clean bottle)
  • 1/2 oz Benedictine
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • couple dashes peach bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice in a martini pitcher till ice-cold. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a few floating blueberries.


Bourbon Collins

Name says it all. If you’re like me and generally switch to the browns come the cool months, the Bourbon Collins can be your G&T till spring rolls around. Sweet, satisfying and bourbony, this Collins is a great pour for your poker games.

Here we go –

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • couple dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • cold club soda

Shake bourbon, bitters, lemon juice & ice till cold, then pour into tall glass. Add a bit more ice, then fill with club soda and float a lemon wheel in the drink.


Bourbon Rumbo

A high-ball cocktail that can easily be added to your home-bar arsenal , this Rumbo has an old-school finish with the canned orange slice that I really like. She’s a strong drink, but the cut of club soda and the orange combat nicely in the glass. A great pre-dinner party cocktail, this drink is as visually impressive as it is tasty.

Here we go –

  • 3/4 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz gold rum
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • couple dashes bitters
  • cold club soda
  • 1 slice cocktail orange in syrup, drained.

Pour sugar, bitters & a bit of club soda in a tall glass and stir till mixed. Add bourbon, vermouth& rum, stir again. Fill glass with ice then fill with club soda. Stir and garnish with orange slice in the drink.